Construction sites in New York and around the nation are dangerous places, even for experienced workers. There are all kinds of hazards that are present on an everyday basis. They include but are not limited to sustaining burns, slip-and-falls, the physical impact of laboring for prolonged periods in extremely hot or cold weather, being hurt while using machinery and injuries related to heights.
You and your employer are hopefully following all safety guidelines on the job. Having proper training to deal with various situations, always using the right protective gear and having equipment that is consistently well-maintained and in excellent working order are all important.
Responsible construction supervisors and workers know that cutting corners to save money or time often results in needless injuries or deaths. There is no such thing as being too careful. Reviewing correct procedures can prevent injuries and even save lives.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has referred to certain types of construction accidents as the “Fatal Four”: falling, getting hit by an object, being electrocuted and getting caught in-between.
Avoiding injury or death from the “Fatal Four” accident types
By following a few simple rules, you and your co-workers can steer clear of being hurt or worse. Just keep these tips in mind at all times:
- Make use of guardrails, safety nets and fall arrest systems
- Your work space should be well-illuminated and without clutter
- Have footwear with soles that provide traction
- Be especially cautious on roofs, ladders and scaffolds
Getting hit by falling objects:
- Wear a hardhat and safety glasses
- Make sure that stacked items are secure so they don’t topple over and hit someone
- Don’t stand or work underneath elevated loads
- Use personal protective equipment (PPE) as needed
- Your PPE should be insulated
- Stay away from energized parts
- Don’t get between heavy machinery and a wall, for instance
- Avoid working in an excavation if it is flooding
- Stay out of the “swing radius of rotating equipment”
Being proactive about hazards on a construction site can keep you safe. If you do get injured, know your legal options.